Exceptional Entry

If you are currently a sworn police officer who works full time for another police agency, but have worked there less than 24 months of the last 36 months, you are not a Lateral Entry Candidate. However, you may be considered as an Exceptional Entry Candidate.

Benefits of Exceptional Entry

  • You may skip the basic law enforcement academy, instead taking a much shorter Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commissions Equivalency Academy.

To Qualify: 

  • Must currently be a sworn, full-time, paid Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Tribal Officer or State Trooper with full police powers and duties but has less than 24 months (2 years) of experience.
  • You were a full-time, paid Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Tribal Officer or State Trooper but your break in service is more than 12 months (1 year) but less than 60 months (5 years).
  • Applicants must be certified via attendance of the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) or an equivalent academy to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) which is 720 hours.
  • Military, Corrections, Federal and Reserve Officer training along with any other training not approved by WSJCTC is not accepted.
  • The Seattle Police Department retains the right to send an Exceptional candidate to the WSCJTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy if it's determined during the hiring process that a candidate's existing training is not comparable.
  • Candidates who meet the above listed criteria will not have to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (720 hours). All certified law enforcement officers from outside the State of Washington must take and pass the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commissions two (2) week Equivalency Academy after being hired.
  • Apply on-line as an Entry-level Police Officer. There is no Exceptional application.
  • Exceptional candidates test the same day as the entry-level candidates and are administered the same video and written exams (Civil Service).
  • The physical agility test (PAT) is not required during the hiring process.
  • Completed and notarized Personal History Information (PHI) packets MUST be turned in on the day of the test.
  • The remainder of the process (oral board interview, background interview, polygraph exam, background checks, psychological exam and interview and medical exam) will be scheduled after passing the initial Civil Service process.
  • Full Field Officer Training (FTO) phase - Three (3) rotations of approximately 20 days each and a 12 day check-out.
  • Salary - Start at Step 1 on the pay scale.